All my friends in Canada celebrated their Thanksgiving last month. But if you live in the United States, there’s pretty much only one event celebrated in the month of November and that’s Thanksgiving. For the patriots among us, there is always Veteran’s Day, but some may think what is more patriotic than honoring the bird Benjamin Franklin thought should be our national symbol?

I plan on honoring old Tom Turkey above by inviting one of his cousins to grace my table…and I don’t mean I’m saving a seat for him…;)

No, I plan on roasting that fabulous fowl until he is a golden brown and smelling of all those fall holidays spent crowded around my childhood dinner table, passing the potatoes and gravy…and hoping I found the turkey tail before my daddy did. I’m from Cajun country and we didn’t believe in throwing out what others might turn their noses up at. Poor people need to eat like everyone else and in our humble home, EVERY part of that bird was eaten except for the gobble!

This month will be a busy one for me. I juggle three careers at the same time and most days I feel like I’m a circus performer. My martial arts school is in the middle of our holiday sale while winding down to the last belt testing of the year and a much needed vacation for me. Come on December 22nd!

I’m also participating in NANOWRIMO (National Novel Writing Month) where I am challenged to write the first draft of a 50,000 word novel within 30 days. I’m sorry to report I’ve only written about 5,000 words so far which puts me way behind where I should be. This weekend I’m hoping to hopefully double that number, thanks to chapter plotting I did prior to the start of this challenge. Cross your fingers and wish me luck as I try to tie up all the loose ends of Ariana, Kaspar, and Candra’s adventures in  book three, LUNADAR: Candra’s Revenge!

While dealing with the school and the next book in my LUNADAR trilogy, I also can’t forget my publishing company, STORY CATCHER PUBLISHING. I’ve done a few book signings, running the TWELVE WEEKS OF LUNADAR freebies giveaway, and put the ebook copy of LUNADAR: Homeward Bound on sale for $1.99 through most online retailers, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books A Million, Nook, etc. I’m also working on the book covers of both Candra’s Revenge, and my new historical fiction chapter book series. I plan to start looking for illustrators to work on these projects with me after the holidays, so if you know of any good illustrators out there, send them my way!

My life always seems to be full and my plate gets heavy some days, but I am excited about this indie journey I have created for myself and wouldn’t have things any other way.

And I don’t need one of these to make my own wishes come true…










I’m happy to announce the winner of week seven of my TWELVE WEEKS OF LUNADAR free giveaway! Abbie Lu has won the ocean inspired jewelry kit. Thanks for following my blog! Congratulations! Look for my email on how to get your prize…



Week Eight


***DON’T FORGET! It’s week eight of THE TWELVE WEEKS OF LUNADAR giveaway and this week you get a chance to accessorize you car with a Yankee Candle fragrance locket shown above! Just click on the pile of presents to the right of this post and choose how you would like to enter the FREE giveaway. Winners will be announced every Monday in my INDIE AUTHOR’S JOURNEY post!


***Also, the ebook version of LUNADAR: Homeward Bound is on sale through the holidays! You can grab your copy for only $1.99 through Amazon, Barnes & Nobles, Nook, Books A Million or dozens of other online retailers!


LUNADAR cover jpg


Ruler by day, a reluctant pirate by night, 18-year-old Princess Ariana fights for her subjects in the waterfall city of LUNADAR. In a kingdom surrounded by fairies and mermaids, and ravaged by deadly Drundles, only a chosen few are trusted to guard her daughter, Candra, as the secret heir to the throne.

But it only takes one ill-fated meeting for Ariana to suddenly be plunged into an escalating web of secrets found in her father’s journal, a deadly kidnapping, and an ever-weakening resolve to turn her back on the call of the merman’s song.

With Ariana’s world falling apart and the future of LUNADAR at stake, how will she bring her father’s murderer to justice and fulfill a deathbed promise to protect Lunadar’s legacy?




International best selling, award-winning author, Donna L Martin, has been writing since she was eight years old. She is a 4th Degree Black Belt in TaeKwonDo by day and a ‘ninja’ writer of children’s picture books, chapter books, young adult novels and inspirational essays by night. Donna is a BOOK NOOK REVIEWS host providing the latest book reviews on all genres of children’s books, and the host of WRITERLY WISDOM, a resource series for writers. Donna is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators and Children’s Book Insider. She is a lover of dark chocolate, going to the beach and adding to her growing book collection. Donna’s latest book, LUNADAR: Homeward Bound (a YA fantasy), is now available in ebook and print form from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books A Million, and other online retailers.

Donna L

Hybrid award winning author; aspiring sketch artist; and 4th Degree Senior Certified Taekwondo Instructor. Host of BOOK NOOK REVIEWS. Member of SCBWI. Mom to fabulous son and adventurer delving into the tricky world of indie-publishing.

2 thoughts on “AN INDIE AUTHOR’S JOURNEY: Let’s Talk Turkey…

  • November 12, 2018 at 9:20 pm

    Every holiday, the main meal started with the nastiest starter ever created–ambrosia. I hated it and you can say I was thankful we only had it 3 times a year, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. My turkey is thawing as I write this. By the time Thanksgiving comes around, the turkey will have been roasted, carved, and most of it packaged and put in the freezer. Now, get to work!


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